Domaine de la Dolce is located in the Lot department, on the border of the Dordogne and the Lot-et-Garonne departments, in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Southwest France. It is a region famous for its local produce – Cahors wine, Rocamadour cheese, Cep mushrooms, truffles, and foie gras – as well as castles, prehistoric cave paintings and idyllic villages.
Montcabrier – We are less than 3km from the charming medieval village of Montcabrier with its traditional wood-oven bakery and 14th century church. Within 20 minutes drive are Puy l’Eveque, Cahors wine country, the magnificent Chateau de Bonaguil, tennis, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, and endless country walks. A 9-hole golf course with lovely restaurant is only a 6-minute drive away.
Cahors – Capital of the Lot and centre of the Cahors wine region, this is a bustling town with lively Saturday and Wednesday markets and many good restaurants. The Valentre Bridge is a stunning feature of medieval architecture.
Monpazier – Half hour away from La Dolce, this lovely town is one of the best preserved medieval bastide in South West France. It has several lovely restaurants (and wooden toy shops!) and makes for a perfect half-day outing with young children.
Sarlat – This perfectly preserved medieval town with beautiful central square is perhaps the most visited town in the Dordogne. Sarlat is only an hour away and is well worth a day spent wandering through its labyrinthine streets.
The Haut Agenais – Ideal motoring country, the Haut Agenais (Lot-et-Garonne), with its fields of sunflowers, antique markets and hilltop towns, is reminiscent of Tuscany – without the crowds.
The Bouriane – Unspoiled France at its best, the Bouriane is a quiet stretch of rolling farmland and tiny villages so well described in Michael Sanders’ book “From Here, You Can’t See Paris”. For lunch you could book a table at La Recreation in Les Arques or the Hostellerie de Goujounac or any other of the many excellent and often very child-friendly restaurants in our beautiful corner of France.
The following are links to local tourist offices, and other information regarding the Lot, Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne departments.